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Sunfeast 10k marathon on Sunday morning meant, all roads around Cubbon Park, and MG road blocked for vehicular movement. I had registered for Kalyan Varma‘s workshop in association with National geographic channel at the British Council. Took an auto till Minsk Square and started walking a distance of 2km from Minsk square to British Library. Shot a few images of marathoners on Cubbon road and Kasturba road.

Tabebuia Rosea was on bloom, though not fully, and the clear blue sky provided a nice opportunity to take this image:


The enthusiasm of the runners was really exciting. Though many were tired and were just strolling, there were enough people to encourage the runners. There were many groups and organizations running for fun and some causes. There were disabled people, and many who supported their cause for equal opportunity for disabled. There were people running to save trees. There were few who ran to save the Sparrows. :)

It was an exhilarating experience for me as i walked on those roads i’ve traveled million times. I had never seen those roads without motor vehicles.

At Minsk square, i shot this image hand held at 1/6s shutter speed. Did selective coloring on Photoshop to get the image below. I feel, just the desaturated image would have been better after seeing on the blog.


As huge fan and admirer of Kalyan’s work, i was a little disappointed with the workshop. I think it would have been lot better if it wasn’t for so much stress on National Geographic photographs, which undoubtedly are top class. Anyway, it was a great opportunity to meet guys like Kalyan, who provide immense inspiration to many aspiring wildlife photographers.

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Caught this lovely kid at Aero show 2009 on Valentine’s Day.


Hope you had a happy Valentine’s day!

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You must have watched this already. I saw it now and want to share with those who haven’t watched.

When i asked myself this question i got two answers.

1. Five hundred is too less

2. Petrol for 500 rupees.

What does it mean to you?

There are things we take for granted so easily, and there are people for whom it’s an experience they’ve never had. Though i’ve experienced similar moments expressed in the video, the video conveys it the best. I’ll think a zillion times before i spend 500bucks next time. You too do that.

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MTV India sucks

It was one of my favorite channels a couple of years back, but now it sucks big time. The quality of shows on MTV has gone down drastically, and seems like morons (read Raghu) have taken over the channel and try to capture audience by bitching. Roadies was just a show, and now it’s almost like MTV has nothing but that in its forte, and all other shows revolves around that!

The weirdos, who are good only to laugh at, from ‘reality’ shows have turned VJs with abysmal sense of humor, and unmatched arrogance and attitude. If you’ve ever watched ‘Wassup Youngistan’, you’ll know what i’m saying. This ridiculous, in a non-humorous way, stupid show is hosted by brainless dolts from Roadies, Bani and Ayushman. They’ve got nothing but attitude like a Raghu :)) . Has MTV gone bankrupt and not able to pay for quality VJs like Nihkil, Cyrus, and Mini? Or is there a dearth for such VJs that they have to run a set of disgusting shows with a not-a-VJ-material amateurs picked up from reality shows? Why would i wanna watch an attitude filled ass on tv when there are millions of around everywhere?

Splitsvilla, i don’t even feel like writing about it. Read this post from Nova, Splitsvilla or Disgustvilla.

‘Fully faltoo’, a spoof that was good few years back. Spoofs on Sholay, few Indian cricketers, and the movie Dhoom were actually funny, but now they have totally lost the plot with recent spoof on TZP, Bechaare Zameen Par. Cyrus Sakhukar was the only respite, and he still has some humor left, and his portrayal of bunny teeth was hilarious.

It’s hard to say which is worse, news set of VJs or the shows. There seems to be no respite from watching Raghu’s handpicked morons, at least for now. Roadies is a nice show, even though the concept is “inspired”. But i’d prefer it to be just a show on MTV, and not eclipse the channel itself. Hopefully, they get out of this set of stupid shows and get back to showcase some quality.

Some times this makes me wonder if it’s only me who is sick of this. At least from Nova‘s post i know, not many people enjoyed Splitsvilla. Do people actually enjoy watching these shows and VJs? What do you think?

P.S.: Another disappointment was in Indian Idol, where last years contestants have turned hosts. They don’t suck as much as MTV hosts, but no one can replace Mini Mathur. I really hope she’ll be back soon.

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What does a politician want?

What does a terrorist want?

I think there is no one who can answer these questions, not even the sinners themselves. All that a group of terrorists do is kill people and create panic, and all that a group of politicians do is put blame on others.

When there is a bomb blast in Bangalore, Congress and JD(S) blame the state BJP government for not acting swiftly. When Christians are clobbered by Bajrang Dal activists, again they blame non-secularism of BJP, and the BJP put the blame back on opposition for playing the blame game. When there’s a bomb blast in Delhi, BJP blames Congress for weak action against terrorism, and home-minister becomes the scapegoat. Is blaming the home-minister and holding him responsible end this? No doubt he is to take some blame, but we can’t keep doing this all the time. Where is this taking us? Why do politicians keep playing the blame game, and why do the terrorists kill people? Is there an answer?

Helpless‘ was the headlines on TOI the day after Delhi bomb blasts. Exactly so. Is there anything that a common man who was shopping on Karol Bagh have done, other than keeping a eye, to stop those bomb blasts? Couple of weeks back there was a thick roll, laying suspiciously with mild fumes coming out of it, in front of my office. My boss, who went out to take his car, noticed that and asked the security to call for police. Police acted adequately. They blocked the road for few minutes and gave a thorough check, and it didn’t turn out to be a bomb. But, it could have been neo.

How often does one life in fear, and look at everything laying around them, from garbage can to poor man’s cycle, suspiciously? It is for the law enforcement agencies, and intelligence to find a solution to stop this kind of attacks, who must be supported adequately in all respects by the government. The part of the opposition is not to play the blame-game all the time. Politicians are not to terrorize the ruling party. They need to be constructive in any small way they can. Of course, the ruling politicians need to work a lot and get these law enforcing people to act productively, not just to please the opposition.

Terrorists seem like a bunch of Jokers. One, for having no proper face, and scarred history. Two, for killing people without any particular reason. Unfortunately there’s no Batman or Gordon to save us, and we are left at the mercy of politicians against whimsical jokers, playing to their fun.

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BarCamp is back in Bang!

Dates: 13th and 14th September ’08.

Venue: Hasn’t changed since…. well it’s IIM-B.

Registration type: Same as BCB6, talk or be unavailable (either lead a session, give an idea or volunteer).

My experiences in BCB5 and BCB6 has been great. I’m looking forward this time around as well. Though mostly attended by the techies,  Bangalore being infested with them, BarCamp is ‘unconference’ on any topic one wishes to talk about. Bloggers galore, so do web developers and enthusiasts, but if there’s a topic on Kamasutra and Panchatantra, which was led by Shashikant Joshi in BCB6, who wouldn’t be interested!

Read about my previous BarCamp experience here.

Here are few important links for BCB7:

BarCamp Bangalore 7 Main Page

BarCamp Bangalore yahoo groups mailing list

Also, the logo design contest is open and few nice logos are designed. Check this out here.

Catch you at BCB7! :-)

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How many movie reviews have i read in others’ blogs? by Nova – the marathon movie watcher, Meghana – a very close competitor, and Reema – another close competitor.  Seems like a zillion. My comment would generally be ‘Oh ya.. got to watch that one. Adding to my must watch list‘, ‘I’d wanna skip that‘, and ‘This is all i’d catch of this movie‘. One of my testimonial on a popular social networking site says ‘Doesnt watch too many movies : minus‘ in an analysis to make bachelor girls’ life easier. :))

I’ve skipped movies when my friends have bought tickets for me standing in long queues, forcing them to sell it. I’m sorry for that guys. Being in a big city with so many multiplexes, i had not been to one until last year. The expression of my friends would be something like ‘What!!?? You have never been to PVR!?‘ like i’ve missed the most important thing in life.

But i do watch movies, you’d be surprised to know i’ve watched Dil Chahta hai first day, first show, and since i’ve developed a liking for Farhan Akthar movies.

I’ll be watching ‘Rock On’ starring Farhan Akthar, SRK’s keep, Luke Kenny and Purab Kohil tonight. Watch out for my first movie review here (only if it turns out to be good :)).

Till then, laugh your heart out at this pic of Micheal Phelps at very young age:

micheal phelps at very young age

micheal phelps at very young age

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